It’s not often that three of Chicago’s finest Irish traditional musicians play their first formal concert as a trio in Connecticut. But, as the saying goes, there is a time and a place for everything, and Newtown Meeting House last Thursday evening was that time and that place for fiddler Liz Carroll, tenor banjo and tenor guitar-player Pauline Conneely, and piper and flutist Sean Gavin. Everyone who was there can testify that it was a delightful privilege to see them share the stage.
It was Newtown native and television writer and producer Scott Fellows who came up with the concept for what would become Big Time Rush: a TV series about four hockey player buddies from Minnesota who get "made" into a boy band with targeted appeal straight to the heart of the 8-14 demographic. But BTR's mass audience for their four season Nickelodeon run and three sizzling and top selling albums might be surprised to know the seamless integration of TV and music, along with the creation of a powerhouse concert draw, was inspired by a foursome popular by the same demographic group a few generations back. BTR's Kendall Schmidt spoke with The Newtown Bee this week, sharing his thoughts on life behind the scenes, and what 3,500 residents can look forward to when Big Time Rush performs at Fairfield Hills on Monday night.
Healing Newtown, without question, requires — among other things — a lot of heart and some juggling of events and various efforts among residents. On July 12, the painting of fired clay hearts used for helping others heal and actual juggling were forms of healing that took place for attendees at a HealingNewtown-hosted event.There was dancing, eating, laughter, and healthy interaction between attendees of a Family Dance Party put on by HealingNewtown at its new home, Newtown Congregational Church. The event featured live music, a potluck dinner, juggling, and a Hearts of Hope station. HealingNewtown had been operating out of the former Ace Hardware storefront at 5 Queen Street, from February until mid-May.
Newtown Police officers will be participating in a special event this week at Pizza Palace Restaurant. On Wednesday, July 17, from 4 to 10 pm, uniformed members of the department will be waiting on tables at the restaurant. All tips left for the police officers during those hours will be given to Special Olympics of Connecticut (SOCT). Pizza Palace staff will donate their time, the restaurant will be its own donation to SOCT, and patrons will be entertained by a local magician.
C.H. Booth Library will host a special fundraiser for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society this weekend. On Saturday, July 20, from 3 to 7 pm, the lower community room at the library will be home to a vendor fair. Representatives from a number of companies will be on hand to sell items, as well as offer raffles and auctions. The event is hosted by an LLS Light The Night team, and will benefit the voluntary health agency dedicated to fighting, preventing and curing blood cancers.
Hoping to generate “some buzz” with a little paint, signs, and marketing, Trails Committee Chairman Scott Coleman proposed two bicycle routes for Newtown.
With Treadwell and Dickinson Parks as starting points, he suggested two- and four-mile routes through neighborhoods surrounding the parks.
He approached members of the Parks and Recreation Commission Tuesday evening, handing them maps of his proposed routes. Cyclists can leave Dickinson Park, take Point O’ Rocks Road to Deep Brook Road to Elm Street, and up brief side streets and back to Elm, and finishing at the park’s main entrance.
Since January, when the Tucson, Arizona-based Ben’s Bells kindness program first came to Newtown, the ceramic bead and bell creations have brought joy to many who have discovered the randomly distributed works of art. Workshops have taken place at various locations in the town since then, allowing residents to become part of the creation process, making beads, glazing, stringing, and hanging Ben’s Bells. The Ben’s Bells workshops have been so popular, said volunteer organizer Jennifer Avari, that the 100-person sessions, quickly filled up every time.